Sebastian Rupley, Co-Crank, Editorial Director, PCMagCast.com
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Natali Del Conte, Senior Editor, Host, CNET TV's "Loaded"
Microsoft's Office 2010: Free Apps Headed for the Web
Microsoft has launched a technical preview of its Office 2010 suite, which is targeted to take the dominant application suite to the cloud. Free Web-based versions of programs such as Word and Excel are in the works. PCMag.com notes that collaboration features and more will make Office 2010 directly competitive with Google's online-hosted applications. Is this dire news for Google?
Russian Firm Allowing Facebook Employees to Cash Out
Digital Sky Technologies will pay $14.77 a share for Facebook stock, in a deal that values the No. 1 Internet social network at roughly $6.5 billion, reports Reuters. The deal will allow DST to purchase common shares from Facebook employees and ex-employees, and is separate from the Russian investment firm's $200 million investment in Facebook that was announced in May. DST will have a 3.5 percent stake in Facebook.
Intel Sued for Battery Life Claims
Does laptop battery life frustrate you? Last month a Silicon Valley law firm filed a class-action suit against Intel, claiming that the tests it uses to support claims of battery life have almost no connection to how people actually use their computers. Analyst Rob Enderle commented: "Everyone in the industry knows this benchmark is wildly optimistic and that the actual battery life you'll get is often less than half what MobileMark suggests."
Young Workers Cry Foul Against Restricted Web Access
The Associated Press reports that an increasing number of young workers are irked by workplace policies that keep them restricted from sites such as Facebook and Gmail, and that some of the restrictions make it harder to get legitimate work done. In some cases, young workers are turning to their Internet-enabled smartphones for access.
Most IT Pros Not Planning On Windows 7 Rollout
Windows management specialist ScriptLogic recently did a major survey of IT professionals, and nearly 60 per cent of those in small, medium and large organizations currently have no plans whatsoever to deploy Microsoft's Windows 7 OS, due out this fall. Thirty-four per cent said they were likely to deploy by the end of 2010. Will Windows 7 be a consumer phenomenon?